President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for the cessation of all movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru until further notice.
Speaking on Friday during his second 2021 address to the nation on the situation of COVID-19, President Uhuru said that the five counties have now being declared “disease infected areas”.
According to President Uhuru, the five counties have been designated as so owing to the huge number of COVID-19 infections they have been recording ever since his last address, only thirteen days ago.
This now means that starting midnight Saturday, March 27 residents in these counties cannot move out, and any person shall not be allowed to enter the zoned areas, be it by road, rail or air.
Also, the government has banned the all forms of gatherings and in-person meetings of whatever nature in the five counties, until further notice.
Further, the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew has been revised in the disease infected areas. According to new directive, curfew in the five counties will commence at 8 pm and end at 4 am, effective midnight tonight.
Uhuru said that he has been compelled by medical and empirical evidence on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, to revise the measures he just announced on 12th March, 2021. Kenya’s admission rate in hospitals has increased by 52 percent ever since Uhuru’s last address.
“In less than 12 days, our admission in hospitals has increased by 52%. The positivity rate is the highest since the pandemic began and the stress on our health care is unparalleled,” said President Uhuru.